McCain's 81-year journey ends at U.S. Naval Academy

John McCain, a private memorial service is scheduled Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where McCain will be buried.

The senator was to be buried next to his best friend from Annapolis days, Chuck Larson, who died in 2014.

Without naming Trump, McCain's daughter, Bush and Obama all rebuked the current president, who feuded with the late senator and mocked his military service.

McCain, an often imposing presence for decades in US defense and foreign policy, was eulogized by former USA presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, as well as his daughter, Meghan McCain on Saturday at a Washington ceremony.

Meghan McCain speaks at a memorial service for her father John McCain.

In an appearance today on CNN's State of the Union, former senator Joseph Lieberman, (I) one of McCain's closest friends in the Senate, said the burial service was "going to be hard, because it's the last farewell".

McCain, a former aviator who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years in the 1960s, made one of his last public appearances at the academy last October, when he told the student body the school prepared him for challenges he had yet to confront.

Some in the crowd held signs that said, "Senator John McCain Thanks For Serving!"

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Joining them were family and friends as well as members of McCain's Class of 1958, military leaders and academy midshipmen.

The late Chuck Larson, an admiral himself and ally throughout McCain's life, had reserved four plots at the cemetery - two for McCain and himself, and two for their wives, now widows.

For his final resting place, McCain picked the historic site overlooking the Severn River, not Arlington National Cemetery, where his father and grandfather, both admirals, are buried.

Dozens of political power players from both parties gathered for a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday.

Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Obama added, "It's a politics that pretends to be fearless and tough, but in fact, is born in fear". At the pulpit of the spectacular cathedral, with President Trump's daughter Ivanka in the audience, McCain's daughter delivered a broadside against the uninvited president. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a longtime friend of McCain; and retired Army general and former Central Intelligence Agency director David H. Petraeus, the Washington Post reported.

"No. 1, Americans appreciate military service. That if you pick big causes bigger than yourself, you'll be remembered", he told "Fox News Sunday". If you forgive, people appreciate it, and if you admit to mistakes, you look good as a stronger man.

"The America of John McCain", she declared with a steely stare, "has no need to be made great again because America was always great". This was a civics lesson for anybody who wanted to listen. "Sounds corny. 'We hold these truths self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain rights.' To John, those words had meaning, as they have for every great patriot who's ever served this country". "Because of the way he conducted his public life".

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